First Job Dos and Don’ts

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Starting a new job can be tricky for everyone, but especially for beginners. A bit of advice about how to navigate those first few months.

  • Starting your first job can be overwhelming but there are ways to navigate it and help ensure you make a good impression and get the most out of the experience.
  • There’s plenty of advice online to help you get started, from the importance of punctuality to how to make friends with colleagues.
  • The graduate job market has been tough in the past couple of years because of the pandemic’s impact on the economy.
  • Research from job listings site Adzuna published in July 2021 suggested that the entry-level job market was improving, with listings doubling between 2020 and 2021 in the UK.
  • The picture in the US is similar. Worker shortages mean some entry-level workers are in very high demand.
  • Once you get your first job, a good approach is to remain eager to learn, and to say yes to opportunities presented to you.
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The People Development Magazine

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The Balance Careers

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